I'm happy to report we can now generate a list of members for your club. This is one step in the right direction.
Clubs who have turned in their club officer list, goals and calendar for the 2010-2011 year are:
Let's aim for 100% for club progress this year. Cloverbud groups should turn in their club program schedule and goals for the year. These clubs receive a club progress patch for their banner.
The Register Mail 4-H Club Feature Article Due Dates Reminder . . .
February 4 – Union
March 4 – Abingdon Cloverbud
May 6 – Walnut Grove ProgressorsArticles are due to Lisa Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Register Mail! Between Warren and Knox counties several clubs have not participated. If you do not wish to participate you must let us know in advance.
By participating in a quick and easy conference call you will learn more about the 4-H youth development principles that set us apart from other youth serving organizations. See last month's newsletter for details. Everyone should be able to find one they need to attend. If you have not attended the BIGM Positive Youth Development session in our county, then this is necessary to be completed. Dates are either February 24 or March 3 at 7:00 p.m. It could not get any better than this to learn about 4-H from the comfort of your own home! These sessions are for any volunteer!
The next 4-H Leader training is set for Thursday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. here at the Knox Agri Center. If you have any topics you wish to have discussed please let me know. Mark your calendar!
Program fees are due by March 1 at $20 per member. This includes Cloverbud groups. We are really lucky here to have Riverland FS make contributions to club for the fee. How your club chooses to use the funds is up to you. If your club has a member who cannot pay, please use the FS dollars. No one can be denied members for their inability to pay.
Thank you for the pretty good response for the shooting sports program. We had around twenty youth who signed up but didn't include their fee with their registration. To pay for the costs of the program and to train the instructors, the fee is necessary. The fees are due February 28. Safety trainings will occur in March for rifle and shot gun. All trainings will start in April and go through the fall. We could use more certified instructors so if you have anyone that might be interested, please let us know and we will contact them about the trainings in March or May.
Our state program leader, Denise Legvold, has indicated that our two priorities in 4-H youth development will be community clubs and SPIN (special interest) groups or clubs. Cloverbuds will still continue but will not be our primary focus which is school age.
What is a special interest club or group? The group meets six or more times on a particular project or interest. It doesn't necessarily have to be a 4-H project. Positive youth development will be our niche. Youth are eligible to exhibit something at the 4-H show from a special interest club or group. What makes it a club? The special interest club has a leadership team of youth and an adult to determine what the group will learn and do. In addition, a community service project must be done as well. So, basically the group is more adult led and the club is more youth led. Adults you know may be interested in a short term volunteering experience to get youth excited about joining a 4-H community club. Let us know of any leads!
The southern half of our Extension region's Horse Bowl and Hippology contest will be hosted by Knox County on Saturday, March 26 at Carl Sandburg College. This daylong event has many opportunities for people to get involved. If you know of any older 4-H members or adults who would like to help, please let us know.
Amy Brucker has agreed to take leadership for the LEGO League robotics program for the fall. This year we had three teams with two going to state competition. Amy has been a coach for three years and knows the ins and outs of the robotics program. She will serve as the liaison with Caterpillar and with the team coaches. Thanks to Amy for agreeing to take on the leadership for the highly successful program we have. Perhaps by the fall a staff person will be here in Knox County full time – who knows?
Make sure you are working with club officers to plan meetings that youth want to attend!
Think about your most recent club meeting. Review this list of words and circle the words that best describe your 4-H club meeting.
Fun Roll Call
Meeting Makes Sense
What's fun about your 4-H club meetings?
What would be fun to do for recreation at a
4-H club meeting?
What would be a good program for a 4-H club meeting?